As the time flies by, I practice focusing on the now, which helps me appreciate how precious these moments in our lives are. To be alive and living your life, doing whatever it is that makes you happy is a good thing. Recently while on vacation in Sedona, Arizona, I created a series of photographs that I became very excited about. The photos were taking while hiking through the woods with my wife, daughter and sister in law. As the late morning sun started to shine through the canopy of the trees we hiked along the trail and passed pine trees, alligator bark junipers, sycamore trees, small bracken ferns, patches of moss, lichens growing on the walls of the rock... it was in my opinion beautiful in so many ways. To be hiking in a beautiful place with my family while creating art was as good as life get for me. Out in nature, communicating with your family, telling stories about the pas and talking about the what the future could be. I wish I could bottle these moments up in a jar and save them for later so I can remind myself that life really is good and worth working hard at what we do so we can have these moments again. To believe in yourself that whatever you set out to do, you can do it with hard work and practice. To learn from your mistakes and know that the rainy days help the plants grow and keep green. Life is a cycle of ups and downs, good days and bad days. But regardless of what kind of day we're having, it's up to us to make the best of it. To put our chin up or hand out so we can be a positive loving person that wants to live their live the best they can. When we're down we hope that others will reach down to help us up and when we're up remembering to reach down to those who are not.
I am blessed to be able to do what I love to do for my job. To create photographs that help people remember how wonderful life really is. That spending good times with friends and family is time well spent. So I want to take this moment to thank all of you out there that believe in me as a person and as an artist. I appreciate your support and wish you well in the year 2012. Life is what you make it, so get out there and do what you do the best you can and I'm sure happiness and prosperity will come your way.
My son being patient while we composed this portrait together. I like how he has this look on his face as if he's looking into the future
Experimental camera technique to give the effect that the viewer is traveling through space and time.
Sometimes people that we don't know come to us in need, how do we know they're not angels in disguise?
My daughter touching the bark of a Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana)
My mind wandering through all the tiny little plant places of this moss growing on the wood and rocks on the ground of the forrest
Carpe Diem - Meaning: "In Horace, the phrase is part of the longer Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero – "Seize the Day, putting as little trust as possible in the future", and the ode says that the future is unforeseen, and that instead one should scale back one's hopes to a brief future, and drink one's wine. This phrase is usually understood against Horace's Epicurean background" - Source Wikipedia